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Medical records: can healthcare staff see their own notes at work?

What the law says about nurses and other healthcare professionals accessing their own hospital notes or records in the workplace. We explain your rights of access

What the law says about nurses and other healthcare professionals accessing their own hospital notes or records in the workplace. We explain your rights of access

It seems a small thing, taking a look at your own medical records at work.

Perhaps your paper-based patient notes are in a pile waiting to be returned to the medical records department, or maybe they are accessible via your workplace computer system. Surely there is no harm in taking a quick peek – after all, the notes are about you and you have a right to the information anyway, don’t you?

Actually no. That small, seemingly innocent act, could land you in trouble.

What is the legal problem with looking at my

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